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The Poor Man's Threading Architecture

Posted by et1337, 12 January 2016 · 1,442 views

The game industry hit Peak Advice Blog a while ago. Every day I [s]read skim ten articles telling me how to live. Fear not! I would never give you useful advice. This series is about me writing bad code and you laughing at my pain. First Contact
Say you have some voxels which occasionally get modified. You regenerate their geometry like so:vox...


Ludum Dare 34 Postmortem

Posted by et1337, 28 December 2015 · 1,090 views

Friday 21:15
Fifteen minutes after the theme announcement, my friend Ben Homan walks through my front door. Not really my front door, I'm just a subletter. But this is a first. Normally he ignores our instructions to walk in without knocking. The first time, he texted me from the driveway. 21:30
Jesse Kooner walks in, also unannounced, bearing fro...


One Weird Trick to Write Better Code

Posted by et1337, 28 September 2015 · 2,927 views

Developers hate him!

We'll cover some standard tips and tricks here, but we're not really interested in those. We're looking for the One Weird Trick to rule them all. Hopefully each trick we encounter brings us closer to coding Mecca.

In the beginning
The first video game I ever wrote was called Ninja Wars.
http://etodd.io/assets/ninjawars.png
Yes, t...


The Poor Man's Postmortem - Lemma

Posted by et1337, 25 June 2015 · 4,477 views

The big secret of our industry is, we don't actually enjoy making games. We slave away in obscurity for years in anticipation of one glorious day.

Not release day, no. The day we can finally write a postmortem full of pretentious anecdotes, bad jokes, and unsolicited advice.

Well I just finished a game, and doggone it, I am going to exercise my inaliena...


It's done!

Posted by et1337, 12 May 2015 · 2,423 views

It took nearly 5 years, $30,000, and most of my sanity, but the game is finally done! Check it out: lemmagame.com

Look for a more in-depth postmortem... soon. It's 6:30am and I haven't slept yet.


PR-o-matic

Posted by et1337, 27 April 2015 · 4,989 views

Lemma is finally coming to Steam on May 12. Check out the new trailer:



For the first time ever, I shelled out for Adobe Premiere rather than hacking something together in Movie Maker and OpenShot. I didn't use any of the fancy features, but it was worth it just to avoid dealing with crashes all the time. Altho...


The Poor Man's Character Controller

Posted by et1337, 06 April 2015 · 3,321 views

Let's say that, like so many of us, you want to make a surreal voxel-based first-person parkour game. You're trying to figure out a production schedule. What will take the longest? Graphics? Sound? Level design? I bet it will be the character controller. And I bet it will take 4½ years. Why?
In running/jumping games, player movement is paramount. It takes...


Screenshot Saturday 213

Posted by et1337, 27 February 2015 · 975 views

It's the end of February and this game is supposed to be content-complete. In a sense, it actually is. All the levels are done. Twenty in all. I thought this month would never end!

http://et1337.com/assets/fxPzauyl.jpg

Just so you know, there are sixty of those lights and I had to hook up each one individually. It fell just barely beneath the "worth i...


The Poor Man's Voxel Engine

Posted by et1337, 18 February 2015 · 4,939 views

This is not a tutorial. It's a story. A Voxel Odyssey.
The story starts with 19 year old me in a dorm room next to the Ohio State stadium. I don't have the repo from this stage of development (SVN at the time), but I remember the process clearly.

http://et1337.com/assets/9Ob8Tlal.jpg

Photo by Kristen Sutton
XNA 4 comes out in September 2010 . I imme...


Screenshot Saturday 211

Posted by et1337, 13 February 2015 · 1,169 views

Last Saturday we had the Short North gallery hop . Hundreds of people came through our gallery to see art. The guys helped me set up the Oculus and a projector on the wall.

Sometimes I had to go out and pull people in, but most of the time, there was a line. My favorite customer by far was this kid:

http://et1337.com/assets/6xdPxl9l.jpg
He jumped righ...






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